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Country Gent Tweed Coat 


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Country Gent Tweed Coat 

Written By: Lilly Shahravesh 


Fabric marker (1) 

Pencil or pen (1) 

Pins (1) 

Scissors (1) 

for paper and fabric. 

Sewing machine (1) 

Tape measure (1) 


Paper (1) 

Strong medium-weight paper for the 


adhesive tape (1) 

Fabric (1) 

for the top coat. 

Fabric (1) 

for the lining; synthetic, not cotton. 


Iron-on interfacing (1) 

Buttons (2) 
for the belt. 

Needle and thread (1) 

Bias tape (1) 

Pattern template (1) 

craftzine. com/1 0/doggone_coat 


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Country Gent Tweed Coat 

This project is excerpted from Canine Couture by Lilly Shahravesh (St. Martin's 

My dogs love this traditional tweed coat for weekends in the country when the weather is 
crisp. Short-haired breeds and older dogs, in particular, benefit from an extra layer to keep 
them warm in winter. This coat's woven tweed keeps out the chill on cold days, while its 
fleece lining makes it extra snuggly and soft to wear. 

Tweed is the ideal choice for a country dog — perfect for romps through the woods and 
fields — but you can use any wool fabric for the outer layer. Something with texture and a 
pattern will make more of a statement, so think about your dog's coloration, and choose a 
fabric that will complement his markings, to ensure that he's the best-dressed hound on the 

Be sure to visit LoveMyDog for more fabulous pet couture! 

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Country Gent Tweed Coat 

Step 1 — Size the coat and cut the fabric. 

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• Determine your dog's coat size by 
measuring his back from 
approximately 1" (2.5cm) below his 
collar to 2" (5cm) from his tail. On 
a computer or copy machine, 
enlarge the template for the body of 
the coat by 400%, then by another 

1 1 0%. Then reduce or enlarge as 
needed, so that the length of the 
pattern block matches the length of 
your dog's back. Enlarge the 
remaining sections of the pattern 
by the same percentage. 

• To check the fit and work out the 
position for the belt and belly 
straps, cut out the shapes in paper 
and tape them together, then place 
the paper mock-up on your dog. 
Make any alterations, and mark the 
positions for the belt and belly 
straps, adjusting the length as 

• If your dog has a long back but a 
small girth (like a miniature 
dachshund, for example), you may 
need to reduce the length of the 
paper pattern by Z-A" (5cm-10cm) 
to get the right fit around the neck, 
then lengthen the back end of the 
coat only. Or draw around the 
template with a marker and cut off 
the excess areas. 

• Once you're happy with the fit, cut 
out the fabric using the paper 
mock-up as a pattern. A 1/2" (1cm) 
seam allowance is required only for 

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the belt piece. Cut all the pieces for 
the coat as follows: 1x main body 
with integral neck straps (in top 
coat and lining fabrics); 2x belly 
straps (in top coat and lining 
fabrics); 1x belt (in top coat fabric 
and iron-on inter- facing); 1x collar 
(in top coat and lining fabrics). 

• For the belt, cut out a rectangle in 
pattern paper, sizing it in proportion 
to the rest of the coat. Fold the 
paper in half lengthwise, then 
crosswise, and cut off the short 
ends on the diagonal to make a 
point on each end when it's opened 

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Country Gent Tweed Coat 

Step 2 — Attach the velcro. 

• Place the top coat on your dog to 
check where the neck straps meet 
under his chin. Using pins or a 
fabric-marker pen, mark the 
position for the length of velcro 
you'll need to fasten the straps. 

• Cut the velcro to length. Pin and 
machine-stitch 1 piece onto the 
right-hand side of the neck strap 
(on the right side of the fabric). Pin 
and stitch the corresponding piece 
onto the right-hand side of the 
lining (again, with the right side of 
the fabric facing you), making sure 
that the velcro pieces are attached 
in the same place on the straps so 
that they'll match up when the 
lining and top coat are sewn 
together. (The top coat and lining 
will be sewn together with right 
sides facing out, so the strips of 
velcro will end up on opposing neck 

• For the belly straps, cut the velcro 
to length. Pin and sew it centrally 
onto the right side of 1 top coat 
piece and onto the right side of 1 
lining piece. 

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Step 3 — Make and attach the belt. 

• Sew zigzag stitches around the top 
coat belt piece to prevent fraying. 
Following the manufacturer's 
instructions, back it with iron-on 
interfacing. Sew a small hem 
around the belt. 

• Position the belt on the back of the 
top coat body piece, making sure 
that it's straight and centered. Pin it 
in place, then sew a neat line from 
point to point down the middle of 
the belt to attach it. Sew the 
buttons onto the belt, positioning 
them on the central line of stitching 
at an equal distance from each end 
of the belt. 

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Step 4 — Join the top coat and lining pieces, then attach the collar and 
belly straps. 

• For each piece of the coat in turn — the main body, collar, and 2 belly straps — place the 
corresponding pieces of fabric and lining together with wrong sides facing. For the belly 
straps, make sure you pair 1 top coat piece that has velcro with 1 lining piece without 
velcro, and vice versa. Pin around the edges of each piece, then machine-stitch. 

• Pin, and then sew bias tape around the edge of the collar and the long U shape of the belly 
straps. Place the collar centrally, fleece side up, at the front of the top coat, with the 
collar's inner edge lined up with the neck of the body piece, and pin. 

• Turn the coat over so that the fleece lining is facing up, and position the belly straps 
opposite each other, folded inward with the lining facing down so that the velcro meets. 
Line up the raw edge of the belly straps with the edge of the body piece, and pin. Sew the 
collar and belly straps securely to the main body. 

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Step 5 — Edge the coat. 

• Conceal the raw edges of the coat 
with bias tape. Sew as close to the 
edge of the bias tape as you can, 
ensuring that you catch both sides 
in the stitching. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 10 , pages 108-109. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 01 :25:46 PM. 

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